Round 11 in Great Southern football has sides fighting for the five

Yankalilla mid-fielder Xavier Gotch wins the hard ball on Saturday against Encounter Bay.
Yankalilla mid-fielder Xavier Gotch wins the hard ball on Saturday against Encounter Bay.

It is still a battle between eight clubs fighting for a place in the final five. This includes Yankalilla, who had an inspiring win against Encounter Bay in round 11 by three points.

The Tigers will need to win nearly every game, but with the likes of Josh Wilson, Jed Durdin and Jono Lee back in the side they will be a handful for every team in the competition.

It is tight with Yankalilla in eighth spot only one game out of the five behind Strathalbyn.

The ladder is enthralling with Willunga and Mount Compass on top with 17 points, Victor Harbor on 16, McLaren 14, Strathalbyn and Langhorne Creek locked on 12 and then Encounter Bay and Yankalilla, breathing down all their throats on 10 points and not out of the hunt.

Bays and the Tigers are more than capable of beating any team in the competition and being only one game behind the bottleneck for the five with seven games to play, anything can and will happen. It is such a great competition.

You would have to think Willunga, Mount Compass and Victor Harbor are the only three teams guaranteed a spot in the finals in 2019 on the back of wins they already have in the bank.

Other results in round 11 saw Strathalbyn get a scare against the ever improving Goolwa/Port Elliot. The Magpies led at quarter time to show the Roosters were not switched on and coach Todd Price was certainly not happy.

Most importantly Strathalbyn did come home from Goolwa with the coveted 2 points and keep fifth position. Mount Compass proved too strong for Victor Harbor after the Roos left the door open in the first term, kicking 1-7 to the Dogs' two straight goals. It was all Compass after that, to win by 69 points.

Langhorne Creek thought they had their game parceled up early against McLaren, but McLaren came home with the proverbial wet sail to narrowly go down by nine points. The game was an opportunity for McLaren to gain some separation from the pack, but now they have become one of the pack.

Willunga led from start to finish against Myponga/Sellicks to win comfortably and with Mount Compass are the premiership favourites seven games out from finals.

Round 12 is rivalry round. Victor Harbor take on Encounter Bay and the Bays have shown indifferent form this season. They cannot string wins together, but what they have been able to do is bounce back after a loss. And they will need to.

Davis-Neale loves these matches and the form of Hamish Tonkin, Callum Tonkin, Bonnes, Davidson, Barrett and West gives optimism to Encounter Bay supporters that their side can reverse the drubbing it received in round three.

Victor Harbor have not suffered a thumping like they did on Saturday all year and Weetra, Fletcher, Wade, Dowling, Bryan and Ross will make sure it does not happen again.

Kiss Of Death - Victor Harbor by 7 points.

Strathalbyn host Langhorne Creek and this game will have it all. O'Grady, Simounds, Slattery and Marc Elliott take on the might of Kellock, Sellar, Matt Dominish, Mitch Cleggett, Helyar and Howell. The Roosters need this game badly to get a break on the Hawks.

Kiss Of Death - Langhorne Creek by 1 point.

McLaren need to defeat Willunga this week. It would give McLaren stability in the five and a psychological boost against the top sides. The McLaren forward line of Ellison, Wakefield and Watchman is as good as any, but the height of the Demons is worrying all teams. Haskett up forward is in great form and Alexopoulos marshals the back six.

Kiss Of Death - Willunga by 22 points.

Goolwa/Port Elliot meet the hungry Tigers and although Yankalilla will not wish to take the Magpies lightly, it will be difficult for the home side to counter Josh Wilson, Lee, Braendler and Jed Durdin. Nissan, Fry, George and Paul will not give up for the Magpies.

Kiss Of Death - Yankalilla by 31 points.

Mount Compass travel to Myponga/Sellicks and must be wary of Ogilvie, Donohue, Spinks, Fitzpatrick and Mayes, as the Mudlarks often start well. They must work on playing well for four quarters. Pinyon, Hoban, Ziggy Vitkunas, Boots, Pittaway and James Scudds will be hard to stop.

Kiss Of Death - Mount Compass by 67 points.


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